[artist id="502642"]Eminem[/artist] was always good for starting trouble, but even better at kicking things up a notch. Throughout his career, the rapper has made his fair share of attacks on pop icons, from boy bands to Christina Aguilera. But Slim Shady’s battle background was always put to good use as well — from beefs with Canibus to the Insane Clown Posse to The Source magazine, Eminem has spit some of the best lyrical tirades in the game. Here, we recount his five most memorable rap confrontations.
5. [artist id="150244"]Canibus[/artist]
‘Bis and Em, both from battle-rapping backgrounds, had long tossed lyrical barbs at each other before their spat went totally public. Canibus accused Eminem of ghostwriting LL Cool J’s “The Ripper Strikes Back,” the response to Canibus’ scatting LL dis “Second Round K.O.” Em denied the claim and eventually starting dropping clearer slights against ‘Bis in his rhymes. The war of words took an odd twist, however, when Canibus recorded the puzzling “U Didn’t Care” from his C True Hollywood Stories album. The ill-executed song featured ‘Bis in character as Stan, somehow surviving the fatal car crash in Eminem’s song starring the character. A year later, Em fired back with full force against Canibus on The Eminem Show tracks “Square Dance” and “When the Music Stops.” “I’ll be brief and let me just keep sh– simple,” he rapped on “Square Dance.” “Canibi— don’t want no beef with Slim? Noooo!”
4. [artist id="918"]Insane Clown Posse[/artist]
This local feud — alleged to have started after ICP snubbed Em — spilled over nationally once Slim blew up. The Aftermath rapper disparaged the pair in interviews before they retaliated with the dis song “Slim Anus.” Both sides tossed barbs at each other back and forth for the next two years, but things turned ugly in 2001 when Em assaulted a member of Psychopathic Records , the label co-founded by ICP. Em was fined and ordered to do community service as a result of the altercation.
3. [artist id="6873"]Everlast[/artist]
This one started simple enough. On Eminem’s “Just Don’t Give a F—,” the MC went after his fellow white rappers in one fell swoop: “I’m Nicer than Pete, but I’m on a Serch to crush a Miilkbone/ I’m Everlast-ing, I melt Vanilla Ice like silicone,” he rapped on the track’s third verse. Everlast took umbrage to what he perceived as Slim’s lack of respect. Taunts between the two — both in interviews and in lyrics — appeared and Everlast, the onetime House of Pain frontman, lashed out on the biting “Whitey’s Revenge,” taking aim at Em, his mother and more. Em got the last word, however, on D12′s “Quitter,” where he rapped, “No respect in the ‘hood, fled to his neck of the woods/ Got in touch with his roots, found the redneck in his blood/ And said, ‘Heck, country-western rap records are good!’/ So he picks the guitar up and he strums a few notes/ He can’t rap or sing, but he wants to do both!”
2. [artist id="508987"]Ja Rule[/artist]
Rule and 50 Cent’s personal battle went from being a one-on-one affair to a full-on Murder Inc. vs. Shady/Aftermath feud. Soon Ja targeted Eminem and his daughter, Hailie, on record, and Em, Fif and new Aftermath recruit Busta Rhymes slow-roasted Ja on the Pac homage “Hail Mary 2003.” In a pitch-perfect ‘Pac flow, Em opens up on Ja: “You ain’t no killa, you a pu— / That ecstacy done got you all emotional and mushy.”
1. The Source
Rapper Ray Benzino led the once-proud publication into a dark age when he decided to lead a cultural crusade against Eminem. ‘Zino and The Source uncovered an ugly audio recording of a young Eminem making disparaging remarks about black women as part of a hatchet-job exposé on the rapper. Em owned up to the clip and apologized for the recordings, chalking them up as mistakes made in his misguided youth. But Slim didn’t go out with his tail between his legs — Eminem fired back with vicious twin dis tracks aimed at Benzino and the magazine, “Nail in the Coffin” and “The Sauce.” On the former, Em poked fun at ‘Zino’s lukewarm rap career with the stinging line, “So how can he hold me over some balcony/ Without throwin’ his lower back out as soon as he goes to lift me/ Please don’t, you’ll probably fall with me/ And our asses will both be history/ But then again you’ll finally get your wish/ ‘Cause you’ll be all over the street like 50 Cent.” Ouch.